Sarah Van Sciver

Sarah V.

Stevenson Ranch, CA

Lesson Details



Sarah delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I'm an avid educator, recording engineer, conductor, musical director, orchestrator, sound designer, chorister, video editor, baker, and math nerd. When I'm not teaching, I work as a professional singer, pianist, harpist, arranger, and composer – writing for film and theatre and as a singer-songwriter. A recent graduate of the Performer-Composer MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), I received my B.A. in Music at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) as well as a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies from Berklee. Music, movies, and mathematics are my primary passions.


Sep 2015 - Present
the Wild Beats @ CalArts

co-ed a cappella choir, run as a curricular and extra-curricular ensemble at the California Institute of the Arts.
founded the group, lead it, sing in it as an alto/mezzo/soprano, recruit members, curate concerts, provide group and individual singing coaching, provide arranging coaching, and arrange most of our repertoire.

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Teacher | Composer | Arranger | Performer
Jan 2005 - Present
Sarah Van Sciver

Professional singer, pianist, harpist, arranger, and composer – writing for film and theatre and as a singer-songwriter. Avid educator, recording engineer, conductor, musical director, orchestrator, sound designer, chorister, video editor… a creative chameleon who would love to collaborate on whatever artistic concoction you’ve got cooking.

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Teaching Assistant
Sep 2015 - May 2016
California Institute of the Arts

for Professor Ulrich Krieger:
*Survey of 20th and 21st Century Music
for Professor Kathryn Pisaro
*Western Music History Survey II

graded papers and exams, guest lectured, fielded student questions in and out of class, helped students develop tools and topics for research, led study sessions in preparation for exams, took attendance

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Voice Instructor
Jan 2015 - May 2015
California Institute of the Arts

gave one-on-one and group vocal lessons to students with anywhere from no experience to years of practice; coached with regards to rhythm, intonation, breathing, blend, diction, phonetics, vocal health, performance preparation, vocal improvisation, and self-accompaniment, as needed.

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M.F.A. Performer-Composer
Sep 2014 - May 2016
California Institute of the Arts
B.A. Music (with Honors)
Sep 2009 - May 2014
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Professional Certificate, General Music Studies
Jul 2013 - Apr 2014
Berklee School of Music


American Sign Language
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Dec 2008
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
AP Scholar
Sep 2008
the College Board
Harvard Book Award
May 2008
Alumni of Harvard University
Summa Cum Laude Gold Medalist
May 2008
National Latin Exam


Society of Composers and Lyricists
May 2015

The Society Of Composers & Lyricists is an organization consisting of Hollywood's professional motion picture, Television, and multimedia music composers, songwriters and lyricists, with histories in the art of scoring for motion pictures and television. Many of its members have won or been nominated for Oscars, Emmys and Grammy Awards.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2013

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

National Honors Society
Apr 2007

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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Photos & Videos

performance gig, singing

the harp on which I play and teach

Original Composition - Pop/Rock song for band
Original Composition - Song Cycle for voice/piano
recording gig, singing

ASCAP 2016 Expo attendee

Original Composition - for chamber ensemble
Salsa Band Arrangement - "Meglio Stasera" by Henry Mancini
A Cappella Arrangement - "Bottom of the River" by Delta Rae
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4 Reviews

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Lucas Jun 27, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Sarah has a unique advantage over other vocal instructors because she is trained in numerous vocal styles and schools of thought. Because of her experience studying and teaching at California Institute of the Arts, Sarah has the ability to teach her students classical and pop vocal technique as well as contemporary vocal technique, extended techniques, and a cappella singing. She has taught effectively in individual and group settings from fundamentals to advanced musicianship skills training (formants, microtonality, vocal technique from non-Western European classical traditions).

As a composer and arranger, Sarah has also assisted me in my own works for voice, choir, and a cappella groups. She has a comprehensive knowledge of current music industry standard practices.

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Joseph Jun 25, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Sara is a great teacher, don't even mention her perfect pitch. She is patient, responsible and professional. Really caring about student, giving good advice. She is also playing piano which is really encouraging and thoughtful. It's been a great experience.

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Ruth Jun 23, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio

Sarah is an amazing and understanding teacher she is always willing to help and change tactics if something isn't working for a student. Being under her leadership in her A Capella group has made me a better vocalist.

Kayle Jun 22, 2016
Choir · In studio

Incredibly friendly and good at helping people feel comfortable and confident, and has the technique and ability and awareness of how to explain and teach said ability very well. Highly recommended.

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